Overcoming Challenges for Women in Medicine

October 10, 2018 by CHEST Guest Writer

When Roozehra Khan, DO, FCCP, received an email from CHEST about applying for a section editor position for the journal CHEST®, she was hesitant to apply for the position at first because she only met a few of the skill requirements. But, she applied anyway and got the job because of the potential the employer saw in her. Dr. Khan, who runs @TheFemaleDoc blog on Instagram, emphasized that women need to believe in their skills during the session Challenges for Women in Medicine on Tuesday. Dr. Khan specifically addressed the imposter syndrome that many women face. Imposter syndrome is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud,” she said. It’s not gender specific, but women tend to experience it more intensely and are more limited by it.

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